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Aziz Ansari explains interest in partnering with Netflix

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:50 am

Earlier in the year, comedian Aziz Ansari signed a 10-episode contract with Netflix for half-hour blocks of stand-up comedy. Ansari's "Aziz AnsarI: Live at Madison Square Garden" and "Buried Alive" were also added to the popular streaming service.

 

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It has been a challenging time for traditional media broadcasters, with so much growing interest in Netflix and other services. Streaming video is reaching even more users, putting pressure on traditional TV bundles - and Netflix has been doing rather impressive things.

 

Here is what Ansari said while speaking of the perks of a deal with Netflix (via Deadline):

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ADATA releases the XPG SX930 SATA 6Gb/s gaming SSDs

By: Chris Smith | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 8:27 am

Designed with gaming in mind, ADATA has announced its XPG Series SX930 SATA 6Gb/s SSDs to the market. These models come complete with a DDR3 DRAM cache buffer which claims to improve "the random read/write performance up to 2 times when compared to SSDs without a DRAM cache" as seen in a recently issued press release.

 

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Why gaming? Because load times. Boasting a sequential read speed of 560 MB/s and write speed of 460MB/s, these drives offer you fast loading times into maps and levels alongside providing the basic features of NCQ, S.M.A.R.T and Windows TRIM.

 

Available in sizes including 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, the SX930 series is also packaged with ADATA's "pSLC Cache Technology," said to enhance transfer speeds.

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JPay hopes to make big bucks by selling cheap tablets to prisoners

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 7:36 am

Prison corrections services company JPay has launched the JP5mini tablet, a $70 device powered by Google Android. Apps are heavily restricted and email conversations can be closely tracked by prison officials, so inmates won't have free control over Internet access.

 

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Since the device is designed to be used by prison inmates, it looks like JPay took a few additional precautions in regards to physical design and software.

 

The JP5mini is made from clear, polycarbonate plastic that prevents contraband from being easily spread through the prison facility. The OS has a secure boot loader, which will make it difficult for unauthorized operating systems and other software from being installed.

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Rovio will be releasing Angry Birds 2 on July 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 6:36 am

Angry Birds has become quite the phenomenon over the years, ushering in countless iterations of the game on so many platforms it hurts my head to even begin thinking about it. Well, prepare yourselves for Angry Birds 2, which will fling into our lives in just under two weeks, on July 30.

 

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Rovio Entertainment said in a post: "With 3 billion game downloads, millions of fans across the globe, multiple mashups and spin-offs, collaborations with A-list celebrities and much more, we're really proud that Angry Birds is the mother of all mobile game apps. And now we're proud to announce the mother of all sequels - Angry Birds 2!"

 

Will you be playing Angry Birds 2? If so, on which platform?

BREAKING: CaseLabs apologizes to Thermaltake for stealing accusations

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 6:06 am

Computex 2015 was an interesting time in the case, cooler and power supply scene. This was not only due to some amazing releases by numerous companies, but because of accusations by CaseLabs and some technology media websites towards Thermaltake for allegedly 'stealing' design ideas.

 

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In breaking news, Thermaltake has issued a press release today which included a formal apology letter from CaseLabs, signed by president James Keating and vice president Kevin Keating. This documentation apologized for public attacks against Thermaltake and its North American marketing manager, Shannon Robb, further stating that the accusations that Thermaltake "acted as an Asian business with poor character and integrity" were unjust.

 

Also enclosed was a letter from CaseLabs to Legit Reviews. This letter outlined that Kevin Keating's statement of Thermaltake helping "taint the industry with rip-off products" was ill advised and a public retraction of the statement was included. This document went on to request that Legit Reviews should remove the news post in which quotes Kevin Keating's words immediately.

The wireless controllers that come with the HTC Vive look incredible

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 4:31 am

With the release of the HTC Vive not too far away, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer is now showing off more and more of the wireless controllers behind the VR headset.

 

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The company has already pushed out the wireless controllers, and the Vive itself, to developers, so we're getting a deeper look at them as time goes on. The wireless controllers that ship with Vive will feature motion-tracking sensors, a trigger button, digital touchpad, and a design that really is out of this world.

 

The controllers are still in their prototype stage, but I'm kind of hoping that they rock this style when the consumer version of the Vive ships later this year.

eSports critic Colin Cowherd has parted ways with ESPN

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 3:21 am

ESPN and radio host Colin Cowherd have agreed to end a "mutually beneficial run," with Cowherd reportedly leaving to join Fox Sports.

 

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If you aren't an avid follower of ESPN or EPSN Radio, you probably know Cowherd for one other reason: earlier in the year, he vowed to quit ESPN if they made him cover eSports. "IF ESPN ever forced me to cover that, or do play-by-play, I would quit."

 

Wonder if he demanded a no-eSports clause with Fox Sports?

 

"We've enjoyed a mutually beneficial run with Colin for over a decade. He came to national prominence on ESPN with his unique perspective on sports and society," said John Skipper, President of ESPN. "Endings also bring new beginnings, for ESPN and Colin, and we thank him and wish him the best."

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Tesla is expanding its Gigafactory before construction is finished

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 2:25 am

Before the construction of its Gigafactory in Nevada is complete, Tesla is already set to expand the facility. Tesla has confirmed it has since tripled its land purchases in the state, adding a huge 1893 acres to the 1000 it secured last year.

 

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Most of the new space is buffer space according to a Tesla spokesperson, where the company could install solar farms in the area to power the Gigafactory. The electric car maker could also soon secure itself even more acerage, especially if their new cars truly are going to be selling out constantly, just as the Internet-connected Powerwall did.

'Marvel', 'Star Wars' attractions coming to Disneyland Shanghai

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 1:25 am

Earlier in the week, we revealed the news of a 'Tron' ride coming to the new Disneyland Shanghai curently being constructed in China and now the Walt Disney company has fully unveiled the project and expanded on other properties that will be housed at the $5.5b theme park.

 

 

According to Deadline Hollywood, the park will house attractions such as the 'Star Wars' Launch Bay, where visitors "will meet heroes and villains, board iconic intergalactic set-pieces, view props and memorabilia from the most recent episode, and be immersed in the Skywalker story through a state-of-the-art cinematic experience", along with the 'Marvel Universe' which will take guests on a "multimedia mission briefing in the world of Marvel, meet popular Marvel superheroes and learn to draw their favourite characters in the style of comic book artists", along with further attractions based on properties such as 'Pirates of the Caribbean', 'Tomorrowland', 'Fantasia' and 'Toy Story'.

 

Construction on the park began in 2011, and will open to the public next year.

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Windows 10 can be ordered on a USB flash drive for an easy install

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2015 12:27 am

Microsoft has reached the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 10, with its official release on July 29 right around the corner, but how will you be buying the new operating system? On a disc? Upgrading from your old installation, or on a USB flash drive?

 

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Windows 10 can be pre-ordered on a USB flash drive on Amazon, but these drives won't be shipping until August 16. This date can change at anytime, so you could receive it earlier than that. Windows 10 Home is $119.99, while Windows 10 Professional will set you back an additional $80, for a total of $199.99.

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